UN climate official warns of Indian energy 'crisis'

India's reliance on coal means the country is heading for an energy crisis unless it diversifies its sources of power, the chairman of the UN's top climate change panel predicted on Wednesday.

Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the Nobel-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), said India had to curb its high-polluting coal consumption in the near future or risk burning through its reserves.

"There's going to be a major constraint in supply of coal and if we don't bring about a shift to a more sustainable pattern of energy consumption and supply India is going to face a major crisis," he told reporters in New Delhi.

He added that India was projected to import 750 million tonnes of oil and 1.4 billion tonnes of coal a year by 2031 and 2032.

"We have already become major coal importers and it is a myth to believe that India has unlimited mineable quantities of coal and that we can use as much as we want," Indian-born Pachauri said.

According to the International Energy Agency, more than half of the world's energy demands by 2030 will come from India and its fellow emerging economic powerhouse China.

Already among the world's top 10 oil importers, India is expected to become the world's fourth-largest by 2025, according to US government data.

The Ministry of Coal projected India's coal imports for 2008-2009 to be around 58 million tonnes.

currently provides just under 55 percent of the country's massive electricity needs, resulting in a huge on account of the country's 1.2 billion population.

Pachauri urged India to improve and make "a very rapid move" to use more renewable sources of .

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Dec 23, 2009
Its time to put some serious investment and mindpower into Nuclear fusion by whatever means (Laser, magnetic confinement, etc) Something akin to the manhattan project but on a Global Scale. The problem we have is that the Oil companies control the politicians who in turn control the purse strings. Breaking free of the control of fossil fuels will release humanity from the bondage of old victorian technology and could propel us into a new era of almost free energy.

Dec 23, 2009
I agree we need to break free from oil and coal (not for AGW reasons as that is a bunch of bunk). Nuclear is currently feasable, but to blame Oil Companies for stopping Fusion is showing ignorance on how difficult it is to do Fusion.

However I might agree that if all the money wasted on AGW was spent on Fusion Research, we actually might have fusion ready in the next few years.

Dec 24, 2009
Considering Pachauri's connections (investments and current employment) to TATA (deeply involved with power generation) you would expect him to say this. He stands to make more money off of this than any of us will ever see in our entire lives.

Dec 26, 2009
or perhaps if you cut back on the amount of plastic crap you consumed, hugely increased your energy efficency, desirned cities to be able to walk and cycle around, had community power generation, get the masses of people out of soul destroying minimun paid work and actually had a proper free market you might make a little bit of a dent into this.
yeah right, lets get behind fusion! wtf! just like the sham hydrogen fuel cell, you had a pretty good electric car 10 years ago but it got shelved for corperate profit, and the same shit is happening. carbon credits, hydrogen cells, techno fixes, yeah just believe you can fix it with more imput. absurd thinking

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